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The temporary epidural catheter placement is a safe medical procedure; but, as with any procedure, it has risks as well as benefits. To minimize the chance of complications, we ask that you follow a few simple guidelines:
Do not eat or drink anything for six hours prior to the procedure.
Following placement of the temporary epidural catheter you will be admitted to the hospital for approximately five days for observation.
It is required that you be accompanied to and from Stanford Hospital & Clinics by a responsible adult driver.